For the 1st 2 days I made her gf chicken stir fry and old time beef stew. I am checking into making meal planning a 4-H project for next year. She and I are planning her meals together and she is making some of them herself. She makes a mean gf crockpot pizza which she will have 2 times this week, Premade gf chicken nuggets and corndogs with fresh veggies and a variety of fresh fruit like melons on one day and oranges on another. Some of her friends are trying some of her gf snacks she's made and are finding our gf isn't necessarily all that gross.
On the good side her volleyball team won their 1st tri-match this season! Their coach took them to Pizza Palace in Rexburg, Idaho. No one on the team knew this place has a gf menu and my daughter asked about the salads and mentioned she couldn't eat wheat. They introduced her to their menu and suggested she have a 1/2 and 1/2 pizza. Only 10 dollars and she got 1/2 pepperoni and 1/2 supreme. Coach was happy to see such a big smile on her face. It's not often they see that when dd eats out with the school. It was nice to be "normal" today!
I am not sure what regulations apply to this, but if you are truly concerned about your daughters wellness, make her food. These food service workers are the lowest paid and have the least reason to care. ANd cross contamination is an issue even in good restaurants.
oops, I meant 504 plan not IEP, it was late and I have several friends that deal with both and got them mixed up. I agree with Janet that the school is giving you a line of BS and dismissing a medical necessity is against federal law. They are asking for trouble.
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Thank heavens you have a angel in that school secretary role.
I personally think the school is handling you a line of you-know-what. I could understand that an IEP might not be appropriate but grades don't have anything to do with a 504 Plan. At the schools I've worked at, kids with diabetes get a 504. This is no different. That being said, I agree that I would never trust the kitchen to be careful about cross contamination. It would only be as good as the personnel. Again, at the schools I've worked at (which were small districts as well), every effort is made to accomodate. Gluten free items are available and care is taken to avoid contamination.
Good luck to you and your daughter.
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Older dd has a peanut allergy although mild. I can't tell you how many times she was handed pband j sanddwiches and cookies. One field trip far from home had pbj sandwiches and peanut butter cookies. I've been told they won't do an IEP for food allergies or even a 504 because of her good grades. I agree with the person who was concerned with cross contamination. They made it abundantly clear the other kids at school were the only ones that mattered to the kitchen staff. Dd will get home cooked meals this year and the school secretary is letting her use the Secretary's mini fridge and microwave for her food. This woman has known dd her whole life and seen her go through so much with food allergies. This year dh is suppling her with candybars to be kept at school for when kids/teachers hand out treats dd can't eat. She won't have to just sit and watch everyone else eat something she can no longer have. I appreciate the comments and I will let her know about the suggestions. I'm fixing her chicken stir fry today with desserts she made with gluten free mixes.
I would go to the principal and discuss that with them. If she has a peanut allergy they would do it but most people think that wheat allergy is a joke. So fight for your daughter and most of all her health
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I do not have children, but I would not trust their food to a school cafeteria anyway. She will be much better off bringing her own and heating it up herself when applicable. Too many opportunities fr cross-contamination, even accidental.
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In the last year and a half we managed pretty well with the kitchen staff at least the head cook with helping my daughter eat at school since she was diagnosed with wheat allergy. I supplied a number of things and the head cook worked around things like dessert by allowing her to have something like sherbert when they had cookies, cakes, churros, ect.
They have a new cook who feels it is unfair to everyone else to make accomodations for my daughter and won't even heat up her food in the kitchen because she's not getting paid to do that. The school secretary who has known dd for her whole life and seen her go through a very long list of food allergies is willing to let her use her microwave and fridge so we don't have to worry about everyone else.
I find it amazing that dd has to make accomidations for everyone else but no one has to care about her. This is a very tiny school district with only a couple of hundred kids in the whole district. Many of which at the high school level where dd is this year go out to the local restaurants to eat anyway. Do any of you deal with this issue and how do you handle it at the school level.
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